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all for joining us today to discuss the small business administration's response to hurricane sandy. the president's recent supplement tal request in this space and state local and small business recovery effortings in the impact, i would like to thank our witnesses that will be testifying in a moment. i'll introduce them in just a moment. but let me make a couple of brief openings statements. we are here today to evaluate the response and recovery effort in the aftermath of hurricane sandy, which struck the northeastern united states on october 29th, is the largest size storm system in u.s. history. hurricane sandy claimed the lives of 1323 americans, damaging and destroying more than 651,000 homes, and 459,000 businesses. leaving more than 8.5 million families without power, heat, or running water. most of the water and electricity and power grid has been turned on. yet i understand there are communities that are challenged. the scale of the disaster has created significant housing and transportation challenges and successful recovery will require a sustained effort on the part of
to represent communities that were the most impacted by destruction left in the wake of superstrong sandy. many communities in the eastern half of our nation were devastated by sandy. countless homes destroyed more than 120 people lost their lives and as representatives of the people affect it, i know our witnesses today will give us clear and graphic testimony that we truly understand what extreme weather can do. certainly we know senators landrieu and vitter brought it home to us in katrina, that these events are happening more and more often and we have to focus on what it means to her people. many of our fellow citizens have a long road ahead to rebuild their lives and their communities. we have a duty to be by their site during this difficult time in the months to come. this year we'll create a record which has jurisdiction over flood control and other related issues. we'll explore how we can prevent or mitigate the incredible destruction and future extreme weather events as we take a the way we go. there's a photo we have from nasa and it illustrates why superstrong sandy is ranked as one
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